It was the first-ever proclaimed “Kindness Is Cool” day in New York City on May 18 – and the night was pretty rad also.
As the sun was setting, the stars aligned for an evening filled with kindness, light and of course, fashion, food and glamour at the iconic Plaza Hotel for the 9th Annual MAG Gala sponsored by the Luisa Diaz Foundation.
MAG stands for Mi Amor Graciousness and supports survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. The organization is also supported by the Luisa Diaz Foundation, a nonprofit that aids organizations and individuals who make a direct impact on people and their communities with acts of kindness.
WABC’s legendary anchor Ernie Anastos served as the host of the gala event, which began with a red carpet, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres outside the Plaza’s resplendent ballroom.
Before a full dinner was served at the formally decorated tables, invited guests were treated to a special “Runway of Hope” fashion show.
There was also room for some laughter among the well-dressed crowd. Comedian Seth Herzog, who is also a sketch performer with The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, presided over a live auction.
Other entertainment was provided by Sarina the Violin Diva and DJ Show N Tell.
In addition to Diaz and an Anastos, attendees at the black tie event included Johnny Drinks, Seth Herzog, Jean Shafiroff, Deborah Hung, Nikki Haskell, Alan Brown, Noreen Donovan, Jose, Carmen, Tina Radziwill, Carmen D’Alessio, Maria Elena Christensen, Valerie Vazquez, James Brynes, Noreen Donovan, Bryan Griffin, Sofie Mahlkvist, Nadja Sayej, Sarah Prendes and Joan Jodell
Proceeds from the gala benefited three charities: Safe Passage Heals, Hope’s Door and Team TLC NYC and raised awareness of the importance of the work of the Luisa Diaz Foundation.